The Kominsky Method (Season 1)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Sarcastic conversation between Sandy and Norman.

 
CONS –
1) Average comedy show with exceptional acting talent.

 
QUOTE –
Norman: You talk to one ghost, and suddenly you’re in a Yiddish version of Macbeth.

Wait Until Dark (1967)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) A Hitchcockian movie not directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It has all the elements of a stage play as seen in Dial M for Murder (1954), Rope (1948), and Rear Window (1954).
2) A blind woman turning the tables against her adversary by embracing her greatest shortcoming. Watching Audrey Hepburn playing the damsel in distress was a delight.
3) The cinematography without lights put the audiences right in the middle of the action.
4) Alan Arkin (with “Geraldine“) as a cold-blooded hitman giving Anton Chigurh a run for his money.
5) Presence of Julie Herrod as Gloria, the adventure-loving audacious girl next door gave a very Nancy Drew touch to the story.

 

CONS –
N/A

 
QUOTE –
Susy Hendrix: As soon as your safe, I’ll call the police.
Gloria: Okay. Gee, I wish something like this would happen every day…

Catch-22 (1970)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) The huge production value for an almost unadaptable novel from Joseph Heller. It’s the Apocalypse Now (1979) of black-comedy.
2) Great ensemble of actors including Alan Arkin, Jon Voight, Anthony Perkins, Martin Balsam, and a cameo from the legend Orson Welles.
3) The wise old man in whorehouse.
4) Exceptional cinematography and editing.
5) Milo Minderbinder: the embodiment of capitalism mashed with Nazi ideology.
6) Bob Newhart as the reluctant bumbling Major Major 

 

CONS –
1) Needed a better screenplay to keep the audiences hooked.

 

QUOTE –
1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder: What’s good for M & M Enterprises will be good for the country.

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Laurence Olivier as Professor Moriarty – straight out of Sidney Paget illustration.
2) Putting Sigmund Freud in a Sherlock Holmes adventure

 

Cons –
1) Robert Duvall as Dr. Watson: Great actor in a wrong role
2) Mediocre story with a mediocre villain. Professor Moriarty was only a side-show.

 

Quote –
Sherlock Holmes : Eliminate the impossible,my dear Doctor,
and whatever remains,however improbable,must be the truth.

 

The Change-Up (2011)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A different fantasy concept – pathetic execution though

 

Cons –

 

1) Forgettable one-time watch
2) Alan Arkin – Waste of talent

 

 

Quote –

 

 

Mitch Planko: So I can’t sleep with my wife, I can’t sleep with other women. What the hell is that?
Dave: Marriage.

Going in Style (2017)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 2/5

 

Pros –

1) 3 stalwarts together having fun.

 

Cons –

1) Another one in the list of films with adventures of senior citizens.Similar to Last Vegas, Stand Up Guys, Grudge Match etc.
2) It’s up to the director if he wants to leave a mark or just make a comedy-caper.There are so many loop-holes in the heist plan that it’s best not to discuss it.

 

 

Quote –

“It’s a culture’s duty to take care of it’s elderly”.

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) “Reservoir Dogs” without the violence
2) The twists & the monologues
3) Great ensemble cast
4) Cinematography – Rain factor
5) Jack Lemmon – outstanding performance

 

CONS –
1) The Title – could be much better.

 
QUOTE –
“Blake: As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired.”